Kauai has beautiful beaches. If you just want to get away, relax. walk or snorkel all are possible within a short drive. The favorite beaches we found were mostly on the north shore:
Secret Beach is a short walk but worth it as it has dramatic rock formations, cliffs, waves and a view of the lighthouse.
Tunnels beach was one of our favorites, as it is long enough to walk and the reefs close to the shore make for great snorkeling. The beauty and variety of the fish we saw in Kauai were amazing.
Anini Beach is another beach worth mentioning. It has good snorkeling, as there is an outside reef keeping most of the waves out.
Larsen beach is quite a hike in but fairly unused and deserted because of it. If you like to be alone this is the place for you.
There were others of course but these were among our favorites. Another favorite is the fabulous beach at Hanalei Bay. Great for walking, but it is usually more crowded.
The atmospheric color in Kauai is something special. There is a pastel and pink/purple hue to the sky, clouds and landscape I have never seen before. Some artists are able to capture this quality in their paintings, but you have to be there to really experience it.
We were there in January and the flowers, especially the orchids, were still blooming. Where else can you see orchids in the wild and not in greenhouses? What I didn’t know is that orchids don’t really need soil to grow. They literally grow on trees.
If you like gardens, Kauai is a great place to be. First of all the whole island is known as ‘The Garden Island.’ Second there are people who have dedicated themselves to preserving the native and indigenous plant populations before they are lost forever. There are some very special gardens in Kauai and most are a labor of love. Many highlight the canoe plants that were originally brought over by the Polynesians 2,000 years ago. Some are nonprofits dedicated to research.
Here are the best gardens we saw while in Kauai:
We stumbled on upon a unique Hindu temple in the hills of the south side above Kapaa. On the lush, tropical grounds, the devotees have created a majestic testimony to their faith. Victoria and I appreciate devotion wherever we find it and in whatever form it presents itself. This is the spirit which we try to bring to the dental practice and to our daily lives. Holistic means whole and we find that balance is important not only for our health but to our happiness and peace of mind. Dentistry takes a certain amount of devotion to do well. That is the only way I have been able to do it and enjoy it over the 30+ years I’ve been practicing.
Aloha from Dr O and Victoria
We would like to thank all the people who wished us well and encouraged us to go on our vacation. It is deeply appreciated and we were touched by the outpouring of good will. We are blessed to have to type of relationship with our patients that we have. We set up the practice so that this would be possible, and we are very fortunate. Going to Kauai forced us to slow down and reboot, and now we are ready to start 2018 renewed and refreshed.